Dr. Steph Cooke (They/She)
Fees: $200 per session
Limited sliding scale fees available
– BlueCross and BlueShield (BCBS)
– BCBS of NC State Health Plan
I am currently out of network with other insurances.
HI, I’M STEPH.
I have always had a passion for finding solutions to problems that consistently create hardship for folks. What led me to this profession was wanting to be a guiding light for clients seeking unique, creative solutions to their unique, everyday problems — but who feel stuck in the dark on how to move forward. I approach these problems using a holistic, empathic stance. It is important to me that my clients feel seen, heard, and understood. A renowned therapist once said, “the person is not the problem, the problem is the problem.” Sometimes we can lose sight of that. I view a big part of my role as helping clients overcome narratives and beliefs that lead to feelings of shame, failure, and hopelessness. In working together, we will identify where these stories may be present, what their impacts are, and how you can rewrite them.
My training in marriage and family therapy and systemic multicultural counseling gives me a unique perspective; one that allows me to see not just the person, but all of the systems and factors that contribute to maintaining the problems they encounter. I use Narrative Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), The Gottman Method, and Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) to help folks realize their potential.
When we first meet, you can expect the session to feel like an informal dialogue, where I get to know you and you get to know me. I make space for clients to ask me questions about my clinical experience, my social location (e.g., my identity), and what they imagine the “rewriting process” of therapy might look like. From the beginning and throughout our time working together, we will collaborate on mapping out the goals you aspire to achieve in therapy and discuss any questions and concerns as they come up. Ultimately, I believe that therapy can benefit any person, regardless of what phase of life they find themselves in. If you are ready to take that leap of faith, to take the first step of reaching out, or are considering returning to therapy to work through unresolved issues, then you are in the right place!
My hobbies include long walks in nature with my dog, listening to podcasts, watching and analyzing reality TV shows, and spending quality time with friends and family. As someone new to the area, I look forward to directly giving back to the community through connecting with others and volunteering, as this is an important aspect of who I am, too.